District 5 - Eveleth area

Last updated: 2015-10-06

CO Jimmy Van Asch (International Falls) monitored angling, small game, waterfowl, and ATV activities throughout the surrounding areas. A variety of duck species are being seen with mallards, redheads, ring-necks, and wood ducks showing up in hunter?s bags. Grouse hunting is still relatively slow although, hunters are still enjoying the nice fall weather. CO Van Asch wrapped up an ATV safety class with a field day for students. Enforcement actions was taken for illegal length sturgeon, toxic shot, no small game license in possession, operate an ATV/OHM on a public highway, ATV operator under 18 without helmet, and fail to display valid ATV registration.

CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area forest roads with poor to limited success on grouse hunting observed. Public access sites continue to be monitored. Questions from the public and various permits issued. Fishing activities were monitored with poor success noted.

CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) reported while teaching students in a firearms safety class, a unique opportunity to drive a teaching point home occurred. While the officer was explaining trespassing laws and how ethical sportsmen and women obey all the laws, a call came in over the officer?s radio, dispatching him to a hunting trespass call the was occurring. The students were able to appreciate what was being taught was not theoretical but was real life and something they need to be cognizant of while recreating. The officer was able to return after the call and go into further detail on repercussions of violating trespass laws. The students that participated in the class were outstanding, and it was amazing to see such dedication and excitement from the future of outdoor sports. The officer also worked waterfowl, angling, and small game hunting during the week. Enforcement was taken on trespass violations, posting violations, and an unplugged firearm.

CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked small game hunters during the week. A complaint of a truck on a designated ATV trail is on-going with the suspect identified. A motorcycle was dealt with after it was found going cross country in the state forest. A grouse hunter that moved to Minnesota lagged in getting his Minnesota driver?s license so he couldn?t obtain a resident small game license. He didn?t want to spend the money on a non-resident license so he gambled and hunted without a license. He lost his gamble and was cited.

CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spoke at a Firearms Safety Class in Virginia and spent time preparing reports to be turned into court. Area duck hunters were checked with enforcement action being taken for no state waterfowl stamp. CO Frericks visited a site where a landowner was draining a wetland. The case is ongoing. In his travels, CO Frericks located a baited deer stand and after checking the stand several times for a hunter, finally found someone in the stand hunting over the bait. The bow hunter was issued a citation for hunting deer over bait and his bow was seized.

CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) checked grouse hunters and most report seeing few birds, the leaves are changing and dropping fast which will improve hunting. Fredin has received concerned calls about a cub bears welfare seen alone eating apples from peoples yards. Enforcement was taken on ATV roadway violations. Fishing activity was check on Lake Vermillion and most seem to be catching fish.

Cook - vacant.

Ray - vacant.